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ML1300 Computer Programming Basic Course 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus ML1300 (Spring 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The C programming language. Pointers and structures.
  • Problem analysis, structuring
  • Modular programming, debugging, testing
  • Data types, variables, compound data types
  • Memory managing
  • Sequence, selection, repetition
  • Operators, arithmetics
  • Functions
  • File handling

Intended learning outcomes

The course will serve as an introduction to programming and provide basic understanding of the C programming language. The course will provide a good base for coming courses which includes programming.

To achieve a passing grade the student will have to write well structured code in the C programming language with particular attention to:

  • formulate simple algorithms for given problems and realise these algorithms in program code
  • use an IDE to write, execute and debug a program
  • introduce and choose data types and variables, including compound, for data storage
  • explain the difference between variable value and address/reference, and differences in memory use when storing different data types
  • write functions for well delimited assignments
  • divide problems in parts, implement and test step-by-step, by selecting appropriate test data
  • divide a program in several modules/files to promote abstraction, reusing and maintenance
  • write executable programs from a simple program design (e. g. top-down design diagram, pseudo code or flow-chart)
  • use external files for data storage

For higher marks, the student shall be able to

  • analyse larger programming assignments and structure solutions on several levels, containing problem analysis, comprehensive design, well designed user interface, separation of a problem into parts, modules and functions, and implementation

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge corresponding to admission requirements for Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Basic experience of computers.

Recommended prerequisites

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C Programming: A Modern Approach, Second Edition
K. N. King, ISBN-10: 393-97950-4 eller ISBN-13: 978-0-393-97950-3

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Laboratory Experiments, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The part ÖVN1 includes a project assignment, to work in a group that together writes a large program according to specification.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed written exam.
Passed lab assignments.

The final grade is based on all parts of the examination, gradescale A-F. The final grade is a weighted, so that ÖVN1 is of higher significance than TEN1.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web ML1300

Offered by

ITM/Sustainable Production Development

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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